Undergraduate Certificate in Indigenous Student Success

The Undergraduate Certificate in Indigenous Student Success  (ISSC) is a first year credit program offered by the Faculty of Arts and Science that provides Indigenous students who are not fully admissible to the University of Lethbridge an opportunity to enter into the University. Applicants who qualify for general admission may also access the ISSC.

To be eligible for admission to the program, applicants must have been enrolled in high school until Grade 12 OR have been out of high school for at least one year and, at a minimum, hold credit for the following Alberta high school courses or their equivalents:

One academic English Language Arts course chosen from:
  • English Language Arts 20-1
  • English Language Arts 30-2
Three academic courses chosen from:
  • Aboriginal Studies 20
  • Biology 20
  • Chemistry 20
  • One Fine Arts course:
    • Art 30 or Art 31
    • Dance 35
    • Drama 30
    • Choral Music 30, General Music 30, or Instrumental Music 30
  • Mathematics 20-1 or Mathematics 20-2
  • Physics 20
  • Science 20
  • Social Studies 20-1 or Social Studies 30-2
  • A 20-level language

Students are encouraged to complete a range of 30-level high school courses, or equivalent, before application. Some option courses within the transition program have specific high school prerequisites (see Course Catalogue for details).

Applicants to the ISSC who have been required to withdraw from the University of Lethbridge or another institution for academic reasons will be considered for admission without waiting for the lapse of one year and without completing additional university courses. Students admitted to the ISSC may be eligible for Tabula Rasa if their cumulative University of Lethbridge GPA is below 2.00 regardless of required withdrawal.

Students who complete the minimum course requirements of the ISSC and meet the Faculty of Arts and Science academic standards required for continuation (see Arts and Science in the University of Lethbridge Undergraduate Calendar and Course Catalogue), will be admitted to any Arts and Science undergraduate program for which they have the required prerequisite courses (see Step 2: Meet Additional Admission Requirements). Those completing the ISSC with a GPA of at least 2.00 will be considered to have met general admission requirements for programs in the Faculty of Fine Arts, Faculty of Health Sciences, or Dhillon School of Business (see Continuing Students). Some programs have additional admission requirements or higher standards for entry that must be met before admission will be considered.

Enrolment in the ISSC is limited. Students may be contacted by the Admissions Office or the Faculty of Arts and Science for further information.

More information on the Indigenous Student Success Certificate is available from the Faculty of Arts & Science.